Aftermath 2016 (3): Second last place in a row for Germany

With 42 countries taking part in Stockholm, at least 32 of them are bound to get disappointed with their result in the contest. But for Germany, it was a big blow, ending up in last place for the second year in a row. We look at the aftermath in Germany.

As was the case in 2015, the German preselection was hectic and chaotic once again. Following NDR’s announcement on 19 November 2015 that Xavier Naidoo had been selected to represent Germany, negative reactions were expressed by both the German public and media. NDR was criticised for selecting Naidoo, who was viewed as an inappropriate representative for Germany due to his political views in support of the Reichsbürgerbewegung ideology as well as homophobic and racist remarks the performer had made through both statements and his music.

A national final followed, which was won by The Voice-winner Jamie-Lee Kriewitz with her song ‘Ghost’. She actually went to Eurovision, dressed in the Japanese Decora kei fashion style. But perhaps, this turned out to be more of an distraction, than addition to her act.

Prior to the 2016 Contest, Germany had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fifty-nine times since its debut as one of seven countries to take part in the inaugural contest. But only once (in 1963 and 1964) it managed to end up on last place two years in a row…

The Aftermath

The result in Stockholm came as a shock to the German Eurovision fans, according to their official website. Jamie-Lee herself had a hard time coverig up her disappointment: “I have to be strong for the next days, but it is going to be alright. Persoanlly, I remain very happy with my performance. Next year, Germany will achieve a better place, I am sure.”

The Germans will, of course, stay in the contest and have already made some plans for next year. Germany will not go for an internal selection next year, as was originally the case this year with Xavier Naidoo. Thomas Schreiber, the German Head of Delegation, has confirmed to that they will stick to a preselection process like they eventually had.

“The internal selection was a one-off. We had a very good singer. The audience were to choose the song. Now we will stay to a preselection process like we had. But there is also a second option. There are different ways to find an artist and a song. We will have a show in spring and there will be a couple of artists and a couple of songs.”